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Flashing wide smiles, young baseball players from Isehara, Japan, revealed what they have discovered since arriving in their town's sister city of La Mirada last Sunday. Their American counterparts--boys 10, 11 and 12 years old--have their own bedrooms in large houses, chew sunflower seeds during games and speak openly to their parents without being spoken to first.
January 26, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Sochi Friendship Grove looked like a pleasant place for reflection on a Friday afternoon, a chance to ponder the ideals and beliefs of the Olympic movement with the opening ceremony exactly three weeks away. Uniformed high-school students, classes done for the day, streamed across the street past the park. The lemon-filled Friendship Tree, planted in 1992, was a short skateboard ride away, and to get there, you could go past a wall mural with the Olympic rings and snow-peaked mountains.
October 13, 1988
A 30-member delegation from Rosemead's sister city, Zapopan, Mexico, went home Friday after a 10-day visit laden with gifts of medical equipment and the hope of resurrecting a student exchange program that has lapsed for a decade. Zapopan Presidente Juan Jose Banuelos Guardado--the equivalent of a mayor in the United States--gave the city 20 paintings of sites in Zapopan visited by a delegation from Rosemead last year.
September 19, 2012 | By Deborah Vankin
A mystery street artist with a sense of humor has turned parts of downtown L.A. into a guerrilla art installation. Eight neighborhood landmarks or areas have been marked with official-looking city placards that offer what appear to be background information about the location. One, for instance, says that a downtown dumpster was designed by Andy Warhol. Though the artworks are unsigned, Culture Monster has learned that they are called "Art Appears" and are the work of the artist who calls himself Wild Life.  [ Update, 12:08 p.m. Wednesday : At least two of the signs have been removed since Tuesday, one near City Hall and one near the LAPD headquarters.]
July 22, 1999 | BRYNN MANDEL
Twenty-two visitors arrived here Wednesday afternoon to keep alive a 35-year-old tradition of exchanging ideas, equipment and friendship between the city and Ocotlan, Mexico. Called People to People, delegations from Oxnard visit Ocotlan one year, and residents of the Mexican city return the favor the next year. It's part of the America-Mexico branch of the cultural exchange program, which has about 250 sister cities, said Raul S. Guerrero, president of the Sister Cities Oxnard-Ocotlan.
July 10, 1986
Citing a lack of planning and few large hotel and restaurant facilities, the City Council Monday dashed plans to host the U.S.-Mexico Sister City International Conference next year but agreed to make a bid for 1991. The council, in a joint meeting with the city's International Friendship Commission, said the commission was not ready to make a bid to host next year's conference at an upcoming meeting of sister cities later this month, despite having worked on plans to do so for two years.
August 5, 1989
Mayor Tom Bradley and a number of other city officials Friday welcomed a delegation from Los Angeles' sister city Nagoya, Japan, and accepted a gift of an elaborate scale model festival float to commemorate their 30-year relationship. The 7-foot-tall lacquered-wood float, or "dashi-kurakuri," topped with moving kabuki dolls will be placed on display at City Hall, said Bradley, who put on a royal blue ceremonial robe for the occasion.
June 30, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Jalalabad, Afghanistan, is San Diego's newest sister city. The San Diego City Council unanimously approved the diplomatic relationship Monday with the city in eastern Afghanistan. San Diego now has 15 sister city partners, nine of them in the Pacific Rim.
June 17, 1997 | LORI HAYCOX
The city has dissolved its nonprofit sister-city program with two foreign municipalities. The city created the Los Alamitos Community Sister City Assn. Inc. and filed for nonprofit status with the state in 1986. Subsequently, it formed ties with Dawson Creek, British Columbia, and Cambridge, New Zealand. "Neither of these relationships has proved successful in terms of shared exchanges of ideas or people," said Gail Silva, the city's community services supervisor.
December 23, 2001
City officials are considering forming a sister-city relationship with Kabul, Afghanistan. Fremont is home to about 10,000 Afghan Americans. A section of the city has even been nicknamed Little Kabul. Afghanistan has no sister cities. The idea was recently proposed by Sister Cities International, a nonprofit corporation that handles such relationships. Fremont's other sister cities include Fukaya, Japan; Puerto Penasco, Mexico; Horta, Portugal; and Jaipur, India.
October 20, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Los Angeles and Berlin became sister cities at the height of the Cold War in 1967. Now AirBerlin will link the two in a more direct way. The airline plans to begin nonstop flights between the German capital and Los Angeles in May. Germany's second-largest airline after Lufthansa says in a statement that the new service will run three times a week. A random search in May (May 19-26) showed an LAX-Berlin round trip for about 700 euros, about $960. The airline also is increasing Berlin-New York flights to daily service.
September 27, 2007 | Tony Barboza, Times Staff Writer
The suburban community of Laguna Niguel knew there would be obstacles to starting a sister city program with the Qaim district of Iraq. Language and culture, of course. But bombed government buildings? And vigilante executions? A proposal that began early this year with humanitarian shipments of soccer balls has turned into a revealing glimpse at the vast differences between life in Southern California and places like Qaim, a municipality of 230,000 near the Syrian border in Anbar province.
April 26, 2007 | Lianne Hart and Jenny Jarvie, Times Staff Writers
Mary Lou Ramos watched in wonder as the sun set in the clear indigo sky Wednesday night. Twenty-four hours earlier, rain, wind and large hailstones pounded her mobile home on the edge of this bustling border town. When an ominous whooshing sound signaled the approach of a tornado, Ramos, 36, and her husband grabbed their three children and fled to a relative's house with nothing but the clothes on their backs. She later learned that the tornado had flattened her home.
June 29, 2006 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
In an effort to dampen mounting criticism from the Taiwanese community, the Irvine City Council rescinded a sister city agreement with mainland China that required the Orange County city to renounce its ties with a Taiwan partner. The unanimous vote late Tuesday capped five hours of debate and impassioned pleas from dozens of mostly Taiwanese speakers who urged Irvine leaders to start from scratch on a new pact with the Xuhui district of Shanghai that steers clear of foreign policy.
June 28, 2006 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
About 200 people waved U.S. flags outside Irvine City Hall on Tuesday, demanding that the City Council unwind its sister city agreements with China, which the protesters said snubbed their homeland, Taiwan. In those agreements, Mayor Beth Krom pledged that the city would recognize the claim of the People's Republic of China as the legitimate government of the island.
June 20, 2006 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
It hardly registered as an international incident, but it certainly ranked as a first-rate global gaffe. When Irvine's leaders traveled to China last month to add to its group of sister cities, they pledged that Irvine would agree to recognize only one China, would break off official relations with another of its sister cities in Taiwan and would never display the Taiwanese flag or play its national anthem. Um, oops.
October 7, 1997
A delegation from South Korea toured Carson on Monday before attending a ceremony to sign the documents making Wanju-gun County a sister cities affiliate of the South Bay city. Wanju-gun County, about 25 miles from Seoul, has a population of 86,241. It becomes Carson's second sister cities affiliate. In 1979, Soka, Japan, became Carson's first sister city. Officials from Wanju-gun County contacted Carson officials last year about becoming a sister cities affiliate.
January 11, 1990
More than $55,000 in public funds granted to a Sister Cities program overseen by Juanita St. John were properly spent, despite some contract and accounting irregularities, Los Angeles city auditors said Wednesday. The money, approved by the City Council under two contracts, was intended to help fund a July, 1986, international conference of city representatives at Universal City, according to an audit released by City Controller Rick Tuttle. The audit was ordered in part because St.
June 2, 2006 | Charlotte Stoudt
Mary (Jill Gascoine) is lying naked in the bathtub: wrists slit, dead for two days but not smelly -- and that's the least of her daughters' confusion. Named for the cities in which they were born (hence the play's title, "Sister Cities"), the four offspring of Mary's multiple marriages gather to figure out what just happened -- not only to their mother but also to their own fracturing lives.
September 5, 2005 | Carla Rivera and Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writers
At Inglewood's Faithful Central Bible Church, parishioners called out names of the missing and prayed for fortitude and God's grace. At Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in the Jefferson Park neighborhood, they sang soaring hymns. At a Creole restaurant in Baldwin Hills, they sought the familiar aroma and taste of gumbo.
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